Playing the Comb
Iíve never been very musical. I tried to learn to play a guitar,
even took lessons once and learned a few chords, which I soon forgot.
Learning to play a musical instrument is hard if youíve never tried
However, I can play a comb.
is surprising how many people donít know anything about playing a
comb. But, this is what you do. Get a comb, any size, or style; wrap
it with waxed paper; put it on your mouth and sort of hum so the paper
vibrates. You can do it. The beautiful thing about playing the comb is
that anybody can.
Since wax paper has gone out of
style these days, it might be hard to find any. It used to be popular
for wrapping sandwiches, but that was in the days before zip-lock
bags, plastic wraps, and press-and-seal paper. They say you can use
tissue paper. Iíve never tried it because it seems to me that it
would get wet and soggy. Wax paper is better for playing the
Why in the world would anyone want to play
a comb, you wonder? Because, it is fun! Just try to play a comb
without stopping to laugh. Iíll bet you canít do it! Imagine an
entire group of comb players humming out a tune. Playing the comb
brings joy to soul. You need no training and can play any sort of
music, from country to classic. Itís as versatile as the human
Kids, of course, are the biggest
comb-playing group. They love anything that makes noise. The buzzing
sound produced when playing the comb probably sounds much better to
the player than to the listener. However, than can be said for a lot
You donít find a lot of comb-playing
bands. They are discriminated against as a group. You also donít
find many recordings of comb players. Iíll venture out on a limb
here and guess that there has probably never been a single comb player
in the top 100 hits.
They tell me that the
ďrealĒ instrument most similar to a comb is the kazoo. A kazoo
looks somewhat like a childís plastic flute, but is played more like
a comb, producing the same buzzing vibration that is made by playing
the comb. Iíve never played a kazoo. Somehow, I have a feeling I
would like it, though.
When researching this
article, I got on the computer and found plastic kazoos on Amazon
for under $1, all colors. I ordered three. I figured at that price
they could not be expected to last long and I might need a backup.
There are also metal and plastic ones, but I thought Iíd try the
cheap ones first.
Even though Iím willing to
give it a try, I donít know that I really need to learn to play a
kazoo, though, when I can play the comb. All I have to do to play the
comb is look for my instrument on the dresser or in the drawer of the
bathroom vanity. I hope when you read this article, you will feel
challenged to try playing the comb. It is really quite satisfying,
like singing in the shower. And, if you canít carry a tune, well, no
one will notice, another great thing about playing the comb.
are other non-conventional instruments, of course. Some folks play
spoons, washboards, and even tubs. They form groups called ďkitchen
bands.Ē Do you suppose kitchen bands might accept someone who plays
the comb, or do they also shun them?
wondering, what will I do when I get to heaven? Will I have to be able
to play a harp? Or, do you suppose that they allow angels who can only
play the comb?